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NJBPU Expands Utility Assistance Programs to Help Residents Financially Impacted by Pandemic

June 24, 2021

Trenton, N.J.—June 24, 2021—The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today approved changes to the Universal Service Fund (USF) program to provide relief to more New Jerseyans who have been unable to pay their gas or electric bills due to circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

USF provides monthly credits to utility bills, making electric and natural gas services ...

Hamilton Planning Board Reschedules Hearing on Major Warehouse Project

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Planning Board recently postponed a hearing on a proposed 64,417 square foot warehouse that would be located on Kuser Road. Currently, the property is zoned "RD."  In order for the warehouse to be built, the Planning Board would need to approve several plan variances including waivers for front yard buffer and landscape ...

Robbinsville Council Adopts Municipal Budget with Steady Tax Rate

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Township Council adopted the annual municipal budget at its Thursday night meeting.  The annual budget of $25.9 million represented a steady tax rate for 2021 at 51.8 cents per $100 of assessed value (also 51.8 in 2019 and 2020), with the average assessed home in Robbinsville valued at $378,500. 

This is the ninth consecutive year that the ...

Martin Proposes Ordinances Regulating Retail Marijuana, Cultivation Facilities in Hamilton

HAMILTON, NJ – Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin has announced a trio of proposed ordinances to regulate the retail sale and cultivation of marijuana within the town. Under Martin's proposals which will be presented to the Township Council at its meeting on June 15, cannabis retail locations will be banned in Hamilton, while a maximum of two cultivation facilities will ...

Township Seeks to Preserve 15-Acre Parcel on Robbinsville-Allentown Road

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Robbinsville Mayor David Fried announced on Thursday that he will be seeking the support of the Township Council in preserving the "Wittenborn property" located at 824 Robbinsville-Allentown Road, near the border with Allentown Borough and Monmouth County. Fried said the approximately 15-acre parcel should be preserved to prevent further ...

Hamilton Planning Board to Consider Massive Warehouse on Kuser Road

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Planning Board will hear an application for a proposed 64,417 square foot warehouse that would be located on Kuser Road. The property is currently zoned "RD" but would need the Board to approve the plan with a variance to allow for a warehouse to be constructed. This would include waivers for front yard buffer and landscape ...

Hamilton Officials Get Go Ahead to Ban Truck Traffic from on Certain Local Roads

HAMILTON, NJ -- The roads in Hamilton's Cornell Heights neighborhood may be a bit quieter now that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has authorized the Township to establish restrictions on commercial vehicles in the area.  

In September 2019, the Township asked NJDOT to investigate limiting commercial vehicle traffic in Cornell Heights as weight ...

Municipal, County Governing Bodies Return to In-Person Meetings

HAMILTON - ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- After almost 15 months of holding their meetings remotely, the Hamilton and Robbinsville Township Councils, as well as the Mercer County Board of Commissioners, are back to business as usual in-person. The three governing bodies have been holding their meetings remotely to protect the public and their members from the spread of COVID-19.

Hamilton ...

DeAngelo Bill to Expand Rights for College Students with Military Obligations Awaits Governor's Signature

TRENTON, NJ  – A bill by Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex) to expand the rights of college students who are called to fulfill their military obligations in the middle of a school year has passed the State Legislature and is now awaiting action by the governor. 

Current state law only provides students with certain educational rights if they are unable to ...

Hamilton Township Public Buildings to Reopen to the Public

HAMILTON, NJ -- After approximately 14 months serving the public remotely or through limited appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamilton Township municipal offices will be reopening to the public on Tuesday, June 1.  Mayor Jeff Martin announced on Tuesday that municipal will be back to pre-COVID operations with a few exemptions

Martin said that masks will not be required at ...


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Mercer County to Respectfully Retire Flags (Postponed)

June 18, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Members of the public are invited to join Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Office of Veteran Services in retiring the Stars and Stripes on American flags that are no longer able to be respectfully flown. 

“The flag of the United States symbolizes the values we hold dear and seek to defend, such as liberty, equality, opportunity, ...

Mercer County to Commemorate Juneteenth, Highlight History of Black Cowboys

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Through a collaboration with the Mercer County Park Commission, the African American Cultural Collaborative, and the Outdoor Equity Alliance, Juneteenth will be commemorated at the Mercer County Stables. Juneteenth marks the date - June 19, 1865 -- that many consider denoting the end of slavery in America.

Last year, Governor Murphy declared the third Friday ...

New Jersey Librarian of the Year Advocates for Teens, Librarians of Color

June 23, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When Keisha Miller looks around South Orange Public Library, she sees more than books.

Beyond the stacks and shelves, the chairs and tables, the town’s teen librarian and volunteer coordinator and the state’s 2021 Librarian of the Year sees community.

“Libraries are not just about books. It’s about community engagement, it's about ...

Heathcare Hero: Persichilli Will Have Building Named After Her

NEW JERSEY - The new Department of Health building scheduled to be built this year in downtown Trenton will be named after Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

The Judith M. Persichilli Building will recognize what Gov. Phil Murphy called her “past and ongoing service to the people of New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Persichilli, who was known as Judy Mella when she ...

R U Ready to Attend Football Back in the Stands?

June 20, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ —Rutgers football will be welcoming fans in full attendance when it opens the 2021 season at SHI Stadium. The announcement follows updated state guidance allowing outdoor venues to operate at full capacity.

The Scarlet Knights will host six home games during the 2021 season, including a primetime kickoff against Temple University to start the Labor Day Weekend on ...

Robbinsville Softball Ravens' Run Comes to an End in State Tournament After Stellar Season

NEWARK, NJ -- The stellar softball season of the Robbinsville Ravens came to an end Saturday afternoon in a tough loss to the team from Clayton in Gloucester County. The Group 1 Champions Lady Clippers of Clayton High defeated the Group 2 Champions Robbinsville 8-1 in the Tournament of Champions (ToC). 

The Ravens, who were missing two starters including power hitter Alexa ...

List Church Services, Activities and Other Non-Profit Events on the TAPinto Community Calendar

June 20, 2021

TAPinto invites local civic, non-profit, and school groups to list their upcoming events on the TAPinto Community Calendar.

 You can submit content through our website by clicking on the “Submit Content” button located in the upper right side of the front page, where you will be brought to a menu where you will find the "Calendar Events" ...

Premier Vascular Society Elects Alissa Brotman-O'Neill as New President; Second Woman in Its 43-Year History

TRENTON, NJ -- The Vascular Society of New Jersey recently hosted its annual scientific meeting where the members also elected its new leadership. The society’s new President Alissa Brotman-O’Neill, DO will serve as its 41st leader. Dr. Brotman O’Neill is the first female leader in over a decade and the second female president in its history. She has strongly ...

Lost Dogs Found Near Hamilton's Bromley Park, Duck Island

June 22, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Animal Shelter is looking for the owners of two dogs found and brought in for care in the last couple of days.

A young, male golden retriever was found on Nottingham Way near Bromley Park. While her bread is unclear, a scared little girl with a brown coat was found on Duck Island on Monday night. 

If either of these dogs are ...

Have You Seen Lost Little Pug Macy?

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- An area family is looking for help finding their puppy pet pug who ran away Sunday night after being scared by nearby fireworks. Macy and her Wojton Family live in the Windsor Meadows neighborhood off of Tindal Road in Robbinsville, however, it is believed that she may have run a bit far away. 

An energetic and fast puppy, she was last seen shortly after 9:30p.m.

Relationships are Messy: Some Keys to Embracing the Messiness

“Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.” Hugh MacKay

My husband Gus and I just finished watching the Netflix series Last Tango in Halifax. The jumble of thoughts and good feelings I am left with inspire me to explore the messiness of relationships. Ooh, can they be messy! 

The two main characters, ...

7 Essential Tips and Tricks to Beat Indoor Allergies

Spring and summer bring beauty, but also allergies! Allergy sufferers often go inside their homes for sanctuary against irritants - which is why it’s so important to keep those irritants out of your house.


With a few mindful changes and tricks, you can get rid of indoor allergens and start breathing easy again in your own home. We’ve gathered the seven best tips and ...

From Ponds to Waterfalls: Outdoor Water Features You Can DIY

If you’re daydreaming about the burble of a stream over rocks or the spray of a waterfall right in your backyard, we’ve put together a selection of outdoor water feature ideas to help you make your dream come true!

While water features may sound expensive or out of reach, there are tons of great do-it-yourself options for everything from flower pot fountains to ponds and ...

Festive Food: Red, White, and Blue for the Fourth

A Fourth of July gathering is the classic summer event – food, fun, and friends. This year, treat your guests to some festive new dishes highlighting the red, white, and blue we all associate with this special holiday.

Star Confetti Cookies

For a fun, easy dessert that you can pair with any main dish, try these cutout star cookies. The recipe has been tested to ensure that the cookies ...

Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...

Eat the Rainbow: Why Fruits of Every Color Belong on Your Plate

In general, the bold colors found in fruits indicate a large concentration of antioxidants. These vitamins and compounds perform many different functions within the body, but all antioxidants help reduce “free radicals,” or potentially harmful atoms that interfere with normal cell functioning in our bodies. Eating a variety of colors through fruits will help ensure that you’re ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

June 6, 2021

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

Recipe: How to Make No-Churn Vanilla Birthday Cake Ice Cream

June 24, 2021

It only takes four ingredients to make this festive frozen treat! The best part? You don’t even need special equipment.

The trick to getting the right texture without an ice cream maker is folding in fluffy whipped cream.

No-Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream


1 tsp. vanilla extract
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
¼ cup ...

New Jersey Date Night: Enjoy the Fireworks

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There's nothing better than sharing a blanket with your love as you gaze at the New Jersey sky. With Independence Day upon us, this year we get the value added bonus of taking in the fireworks. Celebrating our country’s birthday combined with a little romance leads us to a fireworks display ...

Letter to Editor: Living with obesity is not a lifestyle choice

June 15, 2021

Living with obesity is not a lifestyle choice. Yet, as someone who works directly with many patients living with this chronic disease, too many of them often blame themselves for the burden that they carry. They face great vulnerability and existential challenges, including being objectified and alienated as human beings. Instead of leaving folks to battle this medical condition on their own, we ...

Proposed Warehouse Would Impact Local Rural Nature

Dear Editor,

I'm writing this in response to Robbinsville's recent statement concerning the warehouse proposal for Mercer Corporate Park on Robbinsville-Allentown Rd. I do not believe it provided residents a complete and accurate assessment of the proposal.  

1. Unlike the previous industrial park, this application to build two massive warehouses was done as quietly as ...